Four Tips for Participating in a Virtual Meeting

Four Tips for Participating in a Virtual Meeting Last week, I presented some best practices for facilitating a successful virtual meeting: checking your technology, creating a professional background, having resources available, using engaging tools and structures, and determining next steps and making sure to follow through. Likewise, participants can contribute to successful meetings by using best practices of their own. Most importantly, the length ... Read more

Five Tips for Hosting Effective Virtual Student Meetings

Five Tips for Hosting Effective Virtual Student Meetings Virtual meetings provide a great opportunity to meet with students and diversify the circumstances in which to connect. Meeting in person is not always an option, especially for students who commute to campus, who have obligations outside of school that impact scheduling, or who have disabilities or other physical needs. Academic and student service office hours are ... Read more

Five Reasons Why FERPA is Important

Five Reasons Why FERPA is Important               The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in 1974, is the guiding legislation for what educational bodies can and cannot do with student information. Similar to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in healthcare, FERPA stipulates that institutions must protect the privacy of student records, and it also governs the release of and access ... Read more

Six Ways to Know You’re Following FERPA

Six Ways to Know You're Following FERPA FERPA is a privacy law that protects student information and stipulates that education institutions must protect the confidentiality of student records. It also governs the release of and access to students’ education records. Students may access their records at any time, but institutions cannot release student information without explicit permission. FERPA is crucial legislation because it keeps non-education ... Read more

Fostering Long-Term Motivation Part 1: Academic Advisors, Early Enthusiasm, and Goal-Setting

Fostering Long-Term Motivation Part 1: Academic Advisors, Early Enthusiasm, and Goal-Setting This blog is a series on postsecondary students’ long-term motivation during their degree programs and how student service departments can foster motivation at all points of the student’s journey. Postsecondary academic journeys are simply exciting; embarking on a degree program is an entirely new experience and one fraught with potential. Whether a student is joining ... Read more

Summer Loving | The Connection Between Student Onboarding and Support Services

Summer Loving | The Connection Between Student Onboarding and Support Services I am in the midst of training for my new role as a course instructor in a higher education institution. I am, essentially, a new student. I have been in training for almost three weeks and have attended numerous sessions and completed numerous training modules. I am learning the many facets that make up ... Read more
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